Toby Deakin (Chair)
I joined Fairway's Local Governing Board in February 2017 as a Community Governor before taking on the role of Vice Chair in 2019 and then being elected Chair in September 2020. I grew up in Northfield and attended Turves Green Boys' School and Cadbury College before heading to Leeds University and starting a career in Human Resources. I now work for a Housing Association in the West Midlands and remain passionate about my local area and providing opportunities to young people and families. In leading the Board, I work closely with Mrs Williams, the Senior Leadership Team and Governors to ensure that our pupils continue to thrive and achieve the best they can.
Sarah Crooks- Parent Governor
I was elected on to the LGB in the summer term of 2017. Both of my children now attend Fairway (Reception and Year 3) and I am looking forward to being further involved in Fairway life. I am a full time secondary school music teacher in Birmingham where I am also a senior member of the pastoral team.
Sally- Anne Roberts
I have been a member of the LGB since January 2018. Both of my children attend Fairway (Reception and Year 3). I am the Headteacher of a Primary School so wanted to become involved with the LGB as I understand want an important role parents play in supporting the school.
I was elected as a Local Parent Governor in October 2020. I will have all three of my children attending Fairway in September 2021. I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with a MBA from the University of Warwick. I have worked for the NHS for 25 years and am currently an Assistant Director of Finance for NHS England. I am a former Chairman of Bournville Rugby Club. I am looking to contribute to the Fairway community as a Parent Governor with initial focus on the Resources Sub-Committee.
I am currently a teacher at Fairway Primary Academy and have been for 10 years. I decided to join the LGB to take a more active role and understand what a governing board does to support and drive the school. As part of my role, I am also on the resource committee and have an oversight of Health and Safety.
I joined the Fairway staff team in 2009 - prior to that she had worked part-time in a range of schools, gaining valuable experience across our city. When My son started primary school, I then took up a full-time position here, where over the last nine years I have taught in years 3, 4 and 5, also leading on art and on developing a wider creative curriculum in the school, where the children accelerate their learning through making meaningful links across subject areas.
In my time at Fairway, I have always been fully involved in the life of the school, building relationships with staff, children, our families, Friends of Fairway and the wider community. I strongly believe that education is about the whole development of a child, not just their academic progress and that our school should hold that principle central to all decision-making, striving to make our community here nurturing, focused, ambitious and creative, with happy smiles and busy minds.